Sterling, Virginia is located in Loudoun County. Old Sterling competed with Ashburn in the mid-1800s until the great depression in efforts to attract new businesses and tourism. The village was originally named Guilford. In 1872 the village name was changed to Loudoun since it was the first stop on westbound trains. Because of the confusion of both the town and the county being called the same, the village name was changed in 1887 to Sterling. With the railroad driving the local economy, by the late 1880s residents from Washington, D.C. were coming to Sterling for weekends or summers in the country. The competition was active between Sterling and other stops along the railroad, and when automobiles came along, and highways were improved, hotels and other businesses were built along with other routes, causing many people and businesses to bypass Sterling. Many of the businesses built around the railroad were gone by the 1940s. Today approximately 30,000 make Sterling their home.
Although considered a remote location, the history of Sterling survives. The Heritage Farm Museum allows visitors to step back in time to experience what life as a farmer in the early days was like. There is a general store to explore and a “life-like” cow to practice your milking skills. Hands-on classes are available, as are exhibits that preserve the agricultural heritage of the area. There are other fun things offered in Sterling. The Downpour Algonkian is a swimming pool with 140-foot water slides, interactive splash tower, and children slides. The pool is great entertainment for all ages. Additional recreation can be found at the Recreation Sportsplex and Claude Moore Park. Here there is something for anyone who loves the outdoors. You’ll find places to fish, picnic areas, trails for hiking and biking and fields for baseball. The Claude Moore Park is also pet-friendly.
Sterling real estate offers a variety of home types. There are townhomes and condominiums as well as modern contemporary homes and upscale residences. You’ll also find ranch styles, split level homes and cottages. Each neighborhood has its own character, and many things of interest are within walking distance. There are clinics and public facilities available as well as shops and restaurants. The community is known to be a friendly one, and the schools are part of the Loudoun County Public School system. As a suburb of Washington, D.C., you have many additional amenities of which to take advantage. These things all combine to make Sterling a must-see destination for homebuyers searching in the Washington, D.C. area. If you would like more information on homes for sale in Sterling, Virginia, please allow us to assist you by contacting us today.